Mark Edwards' In My Opinion: Tebow likely will shine as ESPN analyst
by Mark Edwards
medwards@annistonstar.com
Dec 30, 2013 | 1305 views |  0 comments | 39 39 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tim Tebow will return to the SEC ... as a broadcaster. Photo: Butch Dill/Associated Press
Tim Tebow will return to the SEC ... as a broadcaster. Photo: Butch Dill/Associated Press
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ESPN has announced Tim Tebow will join the network as a college football analyst for the SEC Network.

It's not hard to imagine how Tebow will handle his first bad broadcast. (And because this is ESPN, it likely will happen sooner, rather than later.)

“To the fans and everybody in ESPN Nation, I’m sorry. I’m extremely sorry. ... I promise you one thing, a lot of good will come out of this. You will never see any analyst in the entire country analyze as hard as I will analyze the rest of the season."

Jokes aside, Tebow probably will be pretty good at it. He is extremely likeable. Even the biggest critics of his football abilities have to give him that.

In his interviews, he doesn't seem stuck on saying the same catchphrases over and over, as most of ESPN's analysts do. He doesn't seem to feel the need to say the word "football" every other sentence.

He also doesn't appear likely to be loud, confrontational, aggressive and contrary just for the sake of being loud, confrontational, aggressive and contrary.

All that will make him a winner right away. The only thing he would need to add to be perfect is homework. So many of the former football players and coaches who go into broadcasting fail to do their homework, instead relying on what they already know. Look at a stat sheet every once in a while. Check out a little history. Try to improve.

Tebow should watch Kirk Herbstreit, who also is a former college football quarterback. Herbstreit does his homework and works at his craft. As much as it pains me to admit it, he actually is excellent at his job. Study tape of him.

Contact Anniston Star Sports Editor Mark Edwards at medwards@annistonstar.com. Twitter: @MarkSportsStar.
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